The Phillies lost their fourth straight series Thursday 2-1, despite a stellar outing from Cole Hamels. The Phillies held a 1-0 lead entering the ninth, but Jonathan Papelbon blew the save, allowing two runs in the inning en route to his sixth blown save of the season.
Hamels brilliant start wasted
Cole Hamels tossed eight shutout innings, but received a no decision in the game. (AP)
Cole Hamels churned out his best start of the season on Thursday night. The lefty held his opponent scoreless for the first time this year, tossing eight strong innings in which he scattered seven hits and struck out five. It was the third time in his last five starts that he has gone eight innings, after accomplishing that feat just twice in his first 18 starts.
Hamels also delivered the only run for the Phillies in the game in the fifth when his two out single off Matt Cain drove home Laynce Nix to put the Phillies ahead.
But Hamels started was wasted on just three batters into the ninth inning. Papel...